Vesa Peltonen - Artist

Vesa Peltonen





I have been featured in a prominent International Art Book, in 2016 and I

again 2017~2018 I was chosen with 99 other artists world-wide by a panel

of judges. They supplied a website and also and interview:


See Link below and listen to interview:

Snow on Ridges

North Highway #2

Wave and Currents



'INSPIRATION ART BOOK' 2016 coming out in June.







THE PROCESS AND IMAGES. [Visit the site Blog below for detailed information].


This is the method I use to create prints from my originals or enhanced images from

my computer files.

Either way I make very limited editions of artworks, whereby I look carefully

at each one often when on the computer and then may make a subtle nuance /change as in colour [not size when I do an edition, that's another separate process]. I will print from 10 to 100 prints, each then signed, titled, numbered and no more made. A certificate of authenticity comes with it. 


My Artworkprints on this website top link shows many done in this method.


The Definition : Giclee (zhee-klay) - The French word "giclée" is a feminine noun that means a spray or a spurt of liquid. The word may have been derived from the French verb "gicler" meaning "to squirt". 

The Term : The term  "giclée print" connotes an elevation in printmaking technology. Images are generated from high resolution digital scans and printed with archival quality inks onto various substrates including canvas, fine art, and photo-base paper. The giclée printing process provides better colour accuracy than other means of reproduction. 



The Process : Giclee prints are created typically using professional 8-Color to 12-Color ink-jet printers. Among the manufacturers of these printers are vanguards such as Epson, MacDermid Colorspan, & Hewlett-Packard. 
These modern technology printers are capable of producing incredibly detailed prints for both the fine art and photographic markets. Giclee prints are sometimes referred to as Iris prints, which are 4-Color ink-jet prints.The paper may be on a long roll, thus the length can be quite wide as you desire, although the width may be still wide for most artists needs as 40 inches is still a good width for large image reproduction. 




One can make prints on all types of paper, especially somewhere between a mat finish to a slight textured paper, that gives a watercolour paper quality to. I find that 'Fabriano' 90 to 140 lb.paper is not to thin or thick and that is often the paper I use when I create watercolours. It's all up to ones' taste. Too rough and heavy of a paper may be fine for certain art styles as abstract, but not so for detailed realistic artwork or photograph reproducing from an original.  Also [as shown below] giclee prints can be done on canvas as done in painting to resemble that medium and it can be made any size as well. 


Artists, as I do not want to produce a large edition size which also brings up the price, since no more are created after that edition size is determined, and with much like hand prints as serigraphs, one makes a certificate of authenticity. One also signs each, with title and it is important print the number of each over the edition size on the left or preferably in the middle bottom white border below the image.




The Advantages : Giclee prints are advantageous to artists who do not find it feasible to mass produce their work, but want to reproduce their art as needed, or on-demand. Once an image is digitally archived, additional reproductions can be made with minimal effort and reasonable cost. The prohibitive up-front cost of mass production for an edition is eliminated. Archived files will not deteriorate in quality as negatives, film inherently do. 




Prints are checked over. This above shows an average amount. The price may be a bit higher to print each one, but the quantity chosen and done all at one time can reduce it. Also an artist as I who doesn't want a lots of prints, then per print it is less expensive. One can do a few ata time [nothing wrong with that] as long as you have figured what total you will make for the edition an no more once you decide. You can do it like laser printed books, order when you have had pre-orders from buyers and galleries. Keep in mind to sign, number the edition as 12/out of 50 edition size,keep track of it, and title it if you like. Put the edition number in the centre where easily seen.



This is one of my prints. I have made these in 2 sizes. Mostly 16" x 20" but have done a separate run edition of 9" x 12" also. Keep a nice 2 inch at least white paper border all around.



A group show I was a part of. Here are two giclee prints I had framed for

the exhibition. Each was sign, numbered out of 20 edition size. 

Had a good response by the public coming to this Toronto show,



Water Casts a Spell; a theme for Awhile in My Art.


This image seems to say what I feel, more than words could express.

Jacque Cousteau btw is in my list of the 50 most important people that have given

their time to our Earth and all species including helping human kind.




Why am I drawn to water? Well it has to likely do with the fear I had of water as a young

child...not sure how that came to be, could be several reasons.Now I never really swam 

well at all, needed the comfort security of my feet touching the shallow bottom. I did like diving

in the water with snorkel and mask, but still not in deep water. I would not jump from high up in

to water; heights scared me likely more. There may be some relation there. I had no real

serious problem going to the pool or beach and slowly wading into the aquablue; would like

it, but was aware how far the deep was. Pools were not bad since they had the depth showing.

It wasn't until later I practised swimming and got the hang of it, floating and eventually swimming

in several methods, -I enjoyed the back crawl. 


I think there was a subconcious fear that related to 'death' in conotation to water. It seemed easy to drown. That was certainly obvious as a kid. 

I had some passing thoughts later in life of ways to die...committ suicide. It was not a planned out

thing, -just the thought of what would happen. Simple question. They do say drowning is a much

less painful way to pass away. It's just fascinating pondering of art and psychology, but I think many people especially if depressed often have had suicidal thoughts. Mine were never to want to, but again it is a mind exploration. 


My images lately now have been directly involved with water and figures. It's not so much the content

but the colours of blues, of figure. The series is the ;Under The Water' series. 12 I've done in the last

year up untl August 2013. Prior I had explored waves coming onto shore. it often showed sky and 

sea,and clouds billowing above or just far on the horizon, in a minimal way. This eventually turned to

the fascination of figure expressed in water. Then it was figure and just water, with no relation to any

thing, [not showing a shore or pool edge for example]. Then it was a bit more ambiguous, sort of 

abstract at times. So content often obvious, then less obvious as I thought through it. I kind of zoomed

closer into the water, resulting in vast space to relation of figure and background or vice versa. From

above view to a light angle. Thetop views seem more ambiguous, again with the abstract quality. Once

I get the figure and water structure done, having worked from my photos as well as my imagination, it 

changes quite a lot -not photographic for many. Here is an example: 'Under The Water #4 and #8.


bg_20191378860345.jpg\Under The Water #2'  [more detail, but still no definite figure-expressive].

[see my art prints link on this website for all artworks]


bg_20201378860604.jpg'Under The Water #8. [more abstract than prior one]. 16" x 20"


Much of my 'Under Water' series is about 'anxiety, fear, phobias' & such,
which we all have & I try to convey it in a bold, colourful expressiveness,
so that one does not see any immediate focal point, and that is it.
The viewer I hope sees shapes with a kind of ambiguity. It is content/theme,
but also forms, uplifting colours that help give them aesthetic appeal in general
-to hide the 'suspense'. .


'Under Water Figures' [mix media/digital]. 

Patterns are everywhere, including skies.

'Lake Superior North Shore Sunset' [see in website images]

There has been some especially beautiful sunsets in N.W.Ontario this winter. To live in a wide open community, as Thunder Bay, Canada, sunsets are still noticed and discussed is a great joy. We are often called 'experts on the subject of weather', since we have a variety in our seasons. Here at least, people still look up from their cell phones long enough to notice that there is a sky up there. I can imagine a cartoon showing someone staring at an hi-tech screen that is showing a beautiful photo-shopped sunset while outside an even more spectacular real one is lighting up the sky. Or better, a bunch of kids walking home from school playing away at games on their Ipods or phone pods and unaware of a wondrous sunset over their shoulders.

The sunsets have been getting more exceptionally lately in my edge of the city woods. (It may have some bearing to climate change also.) An evening in our mild January there was a red ribbon lying right on the horizon, stretching from the south behind an old house all the way around to the west. It looked about a thumb's width. Above it was a graduation of blue with some lovely intrusion of magenta stretch across the lower middle sky area. It was not only awestriking but unique from any sunset I had ever seen in a while.

So many cloud formations certainly give variety to art. There are names for various forms. A mackerel sky resembles a pattern of fish scales as the name suggests. Horsetail clouds are long, wispy things. Sun dogs look like little suns, but not as bright. They appear about mid-morning or late in the afternoon on one or both sides of the sun, and almost always rain or snow will fall within twenty four hours. Thunderclouds remind me of giant morel mushrooms pushing up from the horizon. Science has given names to the various cloud formations but the fascinating thing is that whenever they re-appear, they vary of course from the precise patterns they formed the last time. They are simply shapes and patterns in my perception. Skies full of inspiration, with camera or not.


1. Creativity – Being able to think on your feet, approach tasks from different perspectives and think ‘outside of the box’ will distinguish your child from others. In an arts program, your child will be asked to recite a monolog in 6 different ways, create a painting that represents a memory, or compose a new rhythm to enhance a piece of music. If children have practice thinking creatively, it will come naturally to them now and in their future career.


2. Confidence – The skills developed through theater, not only train you how to convincingly deliver a message, but also build the confidence you need to take command of the stage. Theater training gives children practice stepping out of their comfort zone and allows them to make mistakes and learn from them in rehearsal. This process gives children the confidence to perform in front of large audiences.


3. Problem Solving – Artistic creations are born through the solving of problems. How do I turn this clay into a sculpture? How do I portray a particular emotion through dance? How will my character react in this situation? Without even realizing it kids that participate in the arts are consistently being challenged to solve problems. All this practice problem solving develops children’s skills in reasoning and understanding. This will help develop important problem-solving skills necessary for success in any career.


4. Perseverance – When a child picks up a violin for the first time, she/he knows that playing Bach right away is not an option; however, when that child practices, learns the skills and techniques and doesn’t give up, that Bach concerto is that much closer. In an increasingly competitive world, where people are being asked to continually develop new skills, perseverance is essential to achieving success.


5. Focus – The ability to focus is a key skill developed through ensemble work. Keeping a balance between listening and contributing involves a great deal of concentration and focus. It requires each participant to not only think about their role but how their role contributes to the big picture of what is being created. Recent research has shown that participation in the arts improves children’s abilities to concentrate and focus in other aspects of their lives.


6. Non-Verbal Communication – Through experiences in theater and dance education, children learn to break down the mechanics of body language. They experience different ways of moving and how those movements communicate different emotions. They are then coached in performance skills to ensure they are portraying their character effectively to the audience.


7. Receiving Constructive Feedback – Receiving constructive feedback about a performance or visual art piece is a regular part of any arts instruction. Children learn that feedback is part of learning and it is not something to be offended by or to be taken personally. It is something helpful. The goal is the improvement of skills and evaluation is incorporated at every step of the process. Each arts discipline has built in parameters to ensure that critique is a valuable experience and greatly contributes to the success of the final piece.


8. Collaboration – Most arts disciplines are collaborative in nature. Through the arts, children practice working together, sharing responsibility, and compromising with others to accomplish a common goal. When a child has a part to play in a music ensemble, or a theater or dance production, they begin to understand that their contribution is necessary for the success of the group. Through these experiences, children gain confidence and start to learn that their contributions have value even if they don’t have the biggest role.


9. Dedication – When kids get to practice following through with artistic endeavors that result in a finished product or performance, they learn to associate dedication with a feeling of accomplishment. They practice developing healthy work habits of being on time for rehearsals and performances, respecting the contributions of others, and putting effort into the success of the final piece. In the performing arts, the reward for dedication is the warm feeling of an audience’s applause that comes rushing over you, making all your efforts worthwhile.


10. Accountability – When children practice creating something collaboratively they get used to the idea that their actions affect other people. They learn that when they are not prepared or on-time, that other people suffer. Through the arts, children also learn that it is important to admit that you made a mistake and take responsibility for it. Because mistakes are a regular part of the process of learning in the arts, children begin to see that mistakes happen. We acknowledge them, learn from them and move on.


Note: This is an adaptation from my 35+ years of collected Art analysis as an Artist, Art Educator and Therapist, Guidance counselor specialist into research to observations on the Importance of Art as more than just a 'craft' but as being instrumental for youth and to adults to learn, creating art for self first, as the process is as important as the goal. Visual Art is connected in all educational subjects and using 'Visual thinking and learning' can have those who have that as a dominant mind trait help better understand and solve new information, not just in the arts. It is one many types of multiple intelligences like mathematical to kinetic learning and be combined, of course, as no one has just one way to learn. Art really can mend especially kids' lives to the fullest, enlivens and enriches them, empowering them with 'visual expression' with many good traits as confidence, discipline, self-resourcefulness, creativity and technical understanding, sharing, to self-fulfillment and growth of 'emotional intelligence' and more.

Vesa Peltonen has dedicated not only his art, but also his life to protecting and celebrating human rights. His paintings have a softened Cubist feel about them: as if the viewer were examining not just the shapes themselves, but also their shadows and the shades of color, from all angles.  The effect is dazzling. Like in post-Impressionism, his paintings allow the eye to mix the colors from afar. Because the emphasis is placed on shades of striking colors, however, the images seem to float despite their underlying realism.

Vesa’s paintings are multicultural in theme, as the artist finds the beauty and flavor of each location where he travels to bring art to students all over the world. Vesa Peltonen’s art and his human rights activism are, in many respects, inseparable. He founded the 'Global ArtXchanges' Program, which, in his own words, views art as “an integral part of helping enliven the learning of youth, and thus enriches their neighbourhood and community, large or small.”



This program collaborates with local art group directors to motivate youth across the globe to express themselves artistically. Global ArtXchanges works hand in hand with human rights organizations, like Amnesty International, to bring the beauty of art to impoverished areas of the world, where artistic expression might be viewed as a luxury, not a necessity. Art may not be essential to basic material survival, but, Global ArtXchanges maintains, it’s nonetheless essential to our spiritual and creative growth.




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